Haven't posted here in a while.. I've been busy! But I have been somewhat active on my Instagram account - it's just so much easier than blogging for me at the moment..
That's why I'm going to shut down the blog for a while - or maybe rather just ignore it. If I post something it'll be on Instagram. That's also because the most part of my studies for the rest of the year is going on at a hospital, where I can't wear nail polish. So I don't know how much I'll be able to do my nails.. That's why I'm not part of the Happy Monday 'club' anymore - I wouldn't be able to participate :)
Today's Happy Monday prompt is 'black & white'. I wanted to do some stamping and afterwards thought it needed a frame..
I actually planned to try out the OPI Sheer Tints on top of it afterwards, because I thought I would get bored with black & white. But there's just something about a simple black and white mani, so I'm leaving it as it is.. for now.. :)
I used Sally Hansen White On,Wet'n'Wild Black Creme and image plate QA65.
I've been gone for a while, but my exams are finally over,so hopefully I'll be more around these next weeks :)
For my first mani 'back' I wanted to use my new nail art brushes from StylishNailArtShop - and what better way to use them for the first time than by being inspired by the lovely stationary I recieved in my package together with the brushes?
First a collage:
I really like this, except my deformed white flower.. it ruins it a bit unfortunately.. But I love the colors and it's nice to have nail polish on my nails again :)
Here's the gradient, before the nail art:
As it says in the collage, I used the Pure Color No. 9 nail art brush and the polishes I used were Essie Absolutely Shore, China Glaze Grass Is
Lime Greener, Be
More Pacific and Gaga For Green, Sally
Hansen White On and OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana.
Today I have the last manicure I did on top of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon.
I used some water decals with white feathers. I originally wanted more than one on each hand, but for some reason the decals dissolved with topcoat - I only managed to secure on decal on each hand with topcoat, even though I used 6 decals :/ Such a shame, it's the first time I've had any problems with water decals.
For the other nails I used Dance Legend Aztec no. 4 (white shard glitter) and Top Sahara (textured topcoat). Funnily the Top Sahara only dried complety textured on some of the nails.. But to be fair I did put it on top of a soak off gel polish, not normal polish. I'm looking forward to trying it again on top of normal nail polish :)
So here's the total sum-up of all the Turquoise Neon manis:
I have this thing with triangles atm, apparently.. For this I used Super Black Dusted (Purple with green glass flecks), Diamond Cosmetics Don't Teal My Heart Away (teal) and OPI Skull & Glossbones (grey-ish). The design on my middle finger is copied from THIS mani by @msidarose on Instagram :)
I really love the colors in this mani =) And the design too, actually.. Yay!
I did a skittlette on top of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. I wanted to try a watermarble and do a double stamp with the triangle stamp from my last manicure. For the last nail I just did stripes. For the skittlette I used Cult Nails Wack Slacks, Essie Absolutely Shore and H&M Liberty Girl and QA66 for the stamping
Unfortunately I didn't give any good pictures of this, so I'm showing the three 'best'.. But I wasn't overly satisfied with this manicure, I don't know why, but it just didn't really do it for me..
Well, I have already 'spoiled' today's mani - it was in the picture I showed you yesterday with the 'true' color of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. But you'll see it again now and I even made a mini-tutorial that you'll get!
The stamp is QA66 done with Wet'n'Wild Black Creme. I love this image and wanna use it for a full mani!
I had the design on my index and pinkie too, but it smeared when I put on topcoat and I didn't have the time to redo it, so I just removed it (the wonders of a soak off gel mani) and didn't put a topcoat on the other nails.. Why I did topcoat on my index and pinkie first, I don't know :p
Unfortunately the stamping smudged on the thumb :(
So here's the tutorial.. I think it kinda explains itself, but of course I made it - so tell me if you need some step-by-step info :)
And in case you didn't see my post from yesterday, here's me trying to show the true color of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. I was so excited about this color that I needed the whole world to see it too and wince the camera didn't wanna help me, I had to make photoshop help me :p
I'm currently wearing Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon - and I've really been struggling with capturing the color on camera - it is after all a neon!
So I tried finding the closest color code macth in Photoshop - as it looks on my screen! Remember that colors varies on different screens, so this is how it looks from my screen point of view (if that even makes sense :p)
So i made this nifty collage to try and show it,, I hope it makes sense and maybe helps anyone figuring out if they would like the color before buying :)
The SOG itself is amazing! It's very opaque - the most opaque of the Depend Gellacks I have. Granted I only have three, but still! It's a neon. I used mostly 2 coats, on some of the nails I did an extra because I screwed up the application a bit..
I have a belated Happy Monday challenge for you. I thought this week was the neon-prompt, but I was wrong - it is match clothes! So I just did this mani this morning..
I wanted to recreate a print on a shirt I have that I've wanted to do since I got it. It's very simple but I just like it.. I chose to do it on a base of Cult Nails Wack Slacks (if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I've just joined the Cult) - I could easily have found a blue that matches the shirt more, but I really wanted to try this out - and made the tulips with white acrylic paint. It was nice to avoid the polish-smell while doing this :) Can I just say how wonderful the formula on Wack Slacks is? It's super pigmented - I don't think I could make a streaky coat even if I tried very hard! I have to try and stamp with this at some point.
And here's a pic with the shirt:
I could have done tulips on my other hand too, but I really wanted to try out Cult Nails Feedback on top of Wack Slacks and pair it with Barry M Mermaid, so I did that instead - and they look great together :)
And, of course, a collage.. I really love doing collages after I discovered PicMonkey :)
So neon is next week! If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen a neon mani from me - the one I had actually made for today before I found out I was a week ahead. But I wasn't happy with that one, so I'm happy to get a second chance to (hopefully) make a better one :)
We're beginning the next batch of Happy Monday Challenges :) Today's theme is holo and I have a list of the next 10 themes in the end of this post :)
I did this mani on Thursday just before I left the house for a prolonged weekend at my parents-in-law and I just came home an hour ago - so these pics are the only ones I have that I snapped before leaving..
I used a base of China Glaze FYI and the OPI Sheer Tints to do the 'leadlight technique' (see here). Unfortuantely the colors doesn't show up as much as I had wanted and didn't want to do more coats, because these polishes are thick enough to begin with! But I liked this mani nonetheless.
So here's the overview of the next 10 challenges =)
So for my review, I'll just list some things I've noticed about application, durability and removal.
Application was a pain! The gel shrank even before curing it - it shrank while I applied it. So it was impossible to get the gel close to the cuticle and get the tips covered.
The top coat had next to no shine in it. For the Grey Chevron Gradient I put a normal top coat on top of the 'bare' nails to get a bit of shine out of it.
It held up pretty okay! I only wore it for 4-5 days, but I usually have chips or fractures in my SOG mani after that amount of time, so that was a win for me!
But removal was a pain too! Something seemed to go wrong with the gel during removal. It changed color and smelled funny. And it took a lot of effort to get it off. My nails smelled for a couple of days afterward - kind of a burnt smell. I don't know enought about SOGs to know what could be wrong, but it just seemed wrong!
So all in all not the best experience. What annoyed me the most was the shrinking, because that meant I didn't even have a good mani to look at while wearing it. Luckily I could partly hide it with nail art ;)
I don't know if I'll try out the other color I have - I probably will at some point :p
I hope this is just a little bit helpful for just one person!
Have you tried these SOGs? Any recommendations for me?
Another Happy Monday - this is the last one in our Spring Challenge, but don't worry we'll keep on doing it and have 10 weeks worth of themes planned out :)
I used (from thumb to pinky): H&M Orange, H&M Check Me Out, Kongsøre of Denmark No. 5048, Gosh Neon Baby and Essence Sundancer. I did the glitter 'gradient' with Nubar White Polka Dot. There's not much gradient this, because the glitter is quite sparse - even though I both dabbed it on and polished it on.. Oh, well - it adds a bit of sparkle :)
This first photo is the most color accurate (even though Blogger distorts the color when I upload this), but it's taken with my phone, so it's not the best quality.
It's a long time since I've done a skittle - I'm happy to do it again =) And these colors are just so summer-ish, it makes me happy!
I actually don't really celebrate Mother's Day (sorry, mom!), these kind of holidays doesn't mean much to me - I'll rather celebrate her birthday and stuff like that :) But Nailpolis had a Mother's Day contest, so I thought I would make a mani dedicated to my mom and enter it into the contest :)
I was thinking long and hard about what to do and thought of a lot of ideas that I was sure I couldn't do, so I dropped them all again. I wanted to incorporate something with her love for the nature and colors, so in the end I got the idea to make wild flowers (all of them growing here in Denmark) as a kind of half-moon. The halfmoon idea is inspired by The Nailasaurus' halfmoon cornflower nail art - I even have one cornflower in there myself.
I'll have the name of the flowers, polishes used and pictures of the flowers further down, se keep reading on :)
I made a collage with the inspiration - that way the nail art makes a bit more sense:
I researched the flowers on www.danmarksflora.dk (I got the Latin name there) and first found reference pictures on google and later I found the ones for the collage on www.freeimages.com so I was sure I didn't break any copyright laws :)
So I'm gonna list the flower I tried to recreate and the polishes used. I used Mavala
Pistachio as a base color on all nails - I LOVE that polish! And the matte top coat is Essence Matt Top Coat.
Thumb: Name: Hepatica Nobilis Schreb (Latin). Blå Anemone (Danish). So I guess it's a blue anemone in English, but I'm not sure! Polishes used: Hot
Make-up no. 23, Barry M Gelly Key Lime, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme
Pointer: Name: Myosotis
palustris L. (Latin). Forglemmigej (Danish). Forget-me-not (English) Polishes used: China Glaze Electric
Beat, OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana, Revlon Posh and Wet'n'Wild French White
Middle: Name: Viola
tricolor L. (Latin). Stedmoder blomst (Danish). Pansy and/or hertsease? (English) Polishes used: H&M
It's Genious M, Hot Make-up no. 23, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme, OPI I Just
Ring: Name: Bellis
perennis L.(Latin). Tusindfryd (Danish). Daisy (English) Polishes Used: Wet'n'Wild
French White Creme, OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana, Nubar Citadel mixed with
Wet'n'Wild French White Creme
Pinky: Name: Centaurea
cyanus L. (Latin). Kornblomst (Danish). Cornflower (English) Polishes used: Essie
Butler Please, Gosh Lavender Love, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme
I wasn't satisfied with all the flowers (I'm looking at you, Daisy!), but overall I was very pleased with this mani. It made me so happy to look at :) Daisies are actually my fave flower and my parents' garden is FULL of them!
Whew, what a long post. I hope you made it all the way through and if you did: Thank you :)
Do you celebrate Mother's Day? If you do, what do you do on a day like this? Tell me in the comments :)
Here's my third nail art on top of CH Nail 049. And it's my fave - because it's colorful :) I used a rainbow foil and zipper water decal - both from BornPretty Store. I used a coat of Essence Matt Top Coat on top.
My boyfriend pointed out that I should have had the zipper on my pinky instead - that would have completed the 'unzipping'-effect. Well, you live and learn..
And here's the base color, CH Nail 049 again:
I really liked this =)
I will have a sum up and a review of CH Nail 049 some time next week :)
Oh, and by the way - I'm on Instagram now! Well, I've been there for a while just following others, but I now decided to take the plunge and upload nail-related pictures myself. Not much is on there yet, but I'm thinking I'll post nail mail and such :) So come on over and follow me =)